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Seminar on “Community Based Adaptation: South Western Coastal Bangladesh: A Case Study from Sundarbans Forest People to Koyra Upazilla”

Reported by Sohel Rana

On 3 October 2011, Md. Selim Hossain (Junior Research Assistant - II) presented on a topic entitled “Community Based Adaptation: South Western Coastal Bangladesh: A Case Study from Sundarbans Forest People to Koyra Upazilla” in an in-house seminar that was held at the Conference Room of Unnayan Onneshan. Mr, Hossain has presented that there have developed a number of practices in coastal Bangladesh and some are very economically profitable and environmentally welcoming. The finding and promoting of these practices may boost adaptive capacity and reduce vulnerability of the people to coastal disasters.

His study accordingly will enlist the measures spontaneously developed by the Sundarbans forests dependent communities in adaptation to climate change and other coastal disasters and will try finding the best one in terms of economic profitability and environmental effects. The study will also seek the strategic measures to promote the best practices in the study area that will ultimately help in easing the increasing resource collection pressure on the Sundarbans. After the presentation, K. M. Mustafizur Rahman reflected upon the topic of how to measure the environmental effect; and lastly the Chair Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir conveyed his insights.

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